In 1999, former Falcons running back Jamal Anderson held out of training camp in an effort to get a new contract. When he finally showed up and tore an ACL on a non-contact play during an early-season game, and many blamed the injury on Anderson’s absence.
Regardless of whether there’s any merit to the notion that a holdout increases a player’s chances of getting injured, whenever a player who has held out becomes injured, folks will point to the holdout as one of the causes of the condition.
And so with Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis practicing on a limited basis on Thursday due to tightness in his hamstring, only 10 days after his 36-day holdout ended, speculation will now arise that, if he had been present from Day One, he’d have no problems entering Week Two.
(If T.O. were a Jet, he could point all of this out. Through tears.)
Per Rich Cimini of ESPNNewYork.com, coach Rex Ryan said that he’s “not overly concerned” about Revis’ status. However, Ryan acknowledged that the team’s plan to put Revis in single coverage against Pats wideout Randy Moss will be affected if Revis isn’t at 100 percent for the game.
Of course, Revis wasn’t at 100 percent three days ago; otherwise, he would have spent the entire game covering Ravens receiver Anquan Boldin — and Boldin likely would have had fewer than seven catches for fewer than 110 yards.
Bottom line? We’ve got a feeling Moss will have more than seven catches, for more than 110 yards on Sunday.